April 04, 2015

Masked protesters threaten students

Brian LilleyArchive

Masked protesters stormed a downtown Montreal classroom of the University of Quebec at Montreal on Thursday denouncing students that were attending classes instead of joining the anti-austerity boycott.

CTV Montreal reports that the classroom antics were all part of an organized effort by student groups to oppose provincial budget cut.

Groups representing 100,000 Quebec students have voted in favour of boycotting classes to protest the provincial government’s spending cuts.
UQAM says students have a right to boycott classes, but not to prevent others from attending. It obtained a 10-day injunction against five student associations and 34 protesters.

Tens of thousands marched in the streets of Montreal on Thursday, organizers claiming 75,000 people, mostly students but also union leaders denouncing the plans of Premier Phillipe Couillard. 


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commented 2015-04-06 11:08:05 -0400
I was under the impression that the wearing of a face-covering (mask) during a “protest” … was a CRIME…?? Were there not Criminal Code revisions a year or two ago (after the G20) that made the wearing of a Face Covering during a “riot” or other public gathering a CRIMINAL offence?
commented 2015-04-05 11:46:23 -0400
Now we see why the anti-bullying campaign is working. If you want to fight bullying (like this story is really about) then you have to push back and the bullies (who are really cowards down deep) will back off.
Moochers and takers are the minority in this country. The biggest moochers are union leaders followed by politicians. These are usually the people you couldn’t stand being around in high school. Expecting to live off other people is what bullying is all about. It’s imposing your values on other people using force be it physical or psychological.
Teaching our children to stand up to bullies makes them self sufficient and non sub-servant to theses cowards. This is what bullies fear most. Until this happens these moochers will be heard and not laughed at for their ever expanding list of more money from their victims.
commented 2015-04-05 11:26:23 -0400
Why is it the left has such a casual attitude toward violence?
commented 2015-04-05 07:57:39 -0400
In Quebec, its all about free handouts. Students pay the lowest fees in the country but want free education. Foreign students, they argue, should also be given free university education. A good part of the student movement also believes that their living expenses should be subsidized or fully covered, including “going out” funds, beer money, free cable TV and free Internet. Oh, and they will have free passes for the bus. Entitlement comes no where near defining the greed.

I once heard an expression: Unions won’t rest until everyone is earning more than the average salary. Some union organizer said this back in the 1970s. Think about what this statement means and the mentality behind it.

Quebec has to cut back. An example was that in the 1990s, Quebec’s Education Department had 10,000 employees at the government level. Meanwhile, in Denmark with an identical sized student population, Denmark did very well with only 1000 government employees for the same department. If ten people can do it, Quebec hires one hundred.

As and example of waste, I had a problem with one department and the answer rested with another department. I asked that the matter be looked up on the computer. In Quebec one department’s computer system can’t connect to another! So, it took many phone calls, paper work, and wasted time for something that should have been a click away to resolve. Its a make work project at the taxpayer’s expense. And the Unions like it this way.

Quebec is sitting on 16 trillion dollars of natural gas. The government listens to the protesters and so does nothing to extract oil or gas. Instead, Quebec sits there with its hands out to the feds because it is going broke and the selfish refuse to belt-tighten or allow anything to be done to help themselves out of this fix.

Heard about the carbon tax/cap and trade for Quebec? Strangles business and is an indirect tax. The same people protesting essentially want to be funded so this tax won’t affect them. They seem to have no comprehension as to where government money comes from.

As educated as they may be (or believe themselves to be), they aren’t much more than slogan repeating patriots, and not too bright.

Austerity and a massive debt means cutting spending. It mean that university tuition must rise. It means fewer or no free-bees. It means posting no new government positions and lose staff by attrition. And it should also mean that if students strike (what a silly concept; refusing to learn) then let them lose the semester. Two lost semesters in a row and they get cut from the university. That simple (but of course, as with last time, the government will make arrangements with taxpayers money to allow them to make up for lost time).

Expel them and let them find work.
commented 2015-04-05 06:40:58 -0400
Joan, re your comment “too many youth think they have the right to use force to coerce their opponents to submit to their will. Unions and Islam both teach this.” Our governments have taught US this TOO. How has government (provincially) reacted when confronted violently (i.e. First Nations protesters and unions) …well they invariably punish ordinary Canadians who dare to even speak. Illegally striking cab drivers succeeded in causing ordinary citizens to miss many flights while the police (under government orders no doubt) drove paying citizens back from THEIR LEGAL RIGHT TO ENTER the airport and catch their flights. How do governments react against Islam? well they back down and submit because of the threat of serious violence. How do we react when we don’t like things? well we don’t do anything. Who gets their way? well the First Nations, unions and Islamicists. So what is our lesson? Violence gets POSITIVE action from government. Peaceful co-existence gets left behind. It has nothing to do with disciplining children…we were disciplined and it appears to have gotten us nowhere. Perhaps it will be the next generation who have learned the lesson that to coerce their opponents WORKS…because we certainly have not learned to stand against tyranny but to submit and be polite.
commented 2015-04-04 22:15:16 -0400
It will be an interesting summer coming up to the October election. We will see a lot more of this sort of ugly effort to coerce thought and intimidate free choice.

I blame the schools for taking from teachers the right to discipline. Kids are brought up in our schools to believe that if they bully, they can intimidate anyone to give them whatever they want. Valerie’s kids excepted (-: along with children of parents who think for themselves about these things, too many youth think they have the right to use force to coerce their opponents to submit to their will. Unions and Islam both teach this.
commented 2015-04-04 20:09:25 -0400
were they wearing hijabs?
commented 2015-04-04 17:10:49 -0400
Valerie, I should have been more specific. You are right, not all children are raised that way. I was more referring to the western society as a whole. As far as the Provincial Equalization program, you are right. It does reward the failed provinces and punishes the successful. What is odd is the jubilation I read and hear from the eastern provinces about Alberta’s down turn because of the oil prices. I truly wonder if they know it will affect them too.
commented 2015-04-04 16:04:33 -0400
Those “protestors” committed a crime against those students who chose to attend classes. They all need to be arrested, charged with civil rights violations and convicted, and sentenced to at least 2 years plus one day. This will be spent in prison. Perhaps, that will teach them to not violate another’s civil rights ever again.
commented 2015-04-04 15:42:33 -0400
Peter Netterville – “sense of entitlement, not just in Quebec… but for all of western society.”
Speak for yourself, please. My kids were raised with a great work ethic. They work hard and don’t expect anything from anyone.
commented 2015-04-04 15:40:04 -0400
Peter Netterville – “there is the Provincial Equalization problem” that rewards failure and punishes success. This is the inevitable result.
commented 2015-04-04 15:38:28 -0400
Sounds a lot like what happened in Greece.
commented 2015-04-04 15:11:36 -0400
I think a lot of that mentality is imported from other countries also. I think its entitlement and a laziness on the part of our kids, but I think the effects of imported inflammation is also used as a means to destroy the fabric of our society.
It could help insure there will be lots of little soldiers for the future to keep unions buoyant and pave the way for a fully totalitarian society?
commented 2015-04-04 13:51:22 -0400
Expel all the masked protesters and put a permanent mark on their record. Let them clean toilets for the rest of their lives and maybe they will raise their children to act appropriately, knowing their are consequences for bad choices.
commented 2015-04-04 13:07:35 -0400
You know, Eileen, you make a good point. I think part of the problem is children being raised with a sense of entitlement, not just in Quebec (though they are the model case), but for all of western society.
commented 2015-04-04 13:06:10 -0400
Masked students intimidating others require a 732 tranquilizer.
commented 2015-04-04 13:04:13 -0400
Stephen Harris, you could do with a cleaner mouth.
Just sayin’
commented 2015-04-04 13:02:34 -0400
Quebec students have it better than anywhere else in the country. This is just an example of how Quebec has raised their children to feel they are owed everything … in this case a cheap or free education. Then there is the Provincial Equalization problem …
commented 2015-04-04 12:58:30 -0400
Our leftist Universities today are producing these Euro-style fascist/marxists . . . these loons are going to have a tough life with their Bachelor of Nothingness degrees and attitudes that will qualify them to flip burgers for life ! ! ! They are so incredibly stupid . . . .
commented 2015-04-04 12:17:18 -0400
This is inevitably what occurs when any government attempts to budget responsibly and with fiscal prudence! The austerity measures are unwelcome by those affected by them, and, unions demonstrate and protest to bring the government to “heel”! It is the unions which should be made to “heel”! They will be the ruination of our provinces and country!
commented 2015-04-04 11:07:39 -0400
Union mentally, do it my way, or we will find a way to make you. Expect this to happen through the election.
commented 2015-04-04 11:05:41 -0400
Go to kewbek university and run with the sheeple. Kewbek is such a stain on Canada. Cut these lazy turds loose. Go get your transfer payments from somewhere else you shitbags.